Cataloging Basics: Subject Analysis

Currently Offered Sessions

No sessions currently scheduled.


The Subject Analysis workshop covers subject headings and classification. Both Sears and LC subject headings (Sears only peripherally), and Library of Congress and Dewey Decimal classification are introduced, with emphasis on the systems used by participants. In the subject heading section, participants will discuss purpose, application and structure of subject headings, MARC tagging, cross-references, and standard versus non-standard subject headings. In the classification section, participants will discuss the purpose and application of the respective scheme, structure of classification and cutter numbers, shelflist order, and MARC tagging. The workshop will include lecture, group exercises, and discussion.

This full-day workshop is part 3 of the Cataloging Basics series developed by MOTSE (Minnesota Opportunities for Technical Services Excellence).

Who Should Attend?

Any library staff person involved in creating or editing brief or full MARC records for cataloging purposes.


None, although the session is best taken in conjunction with Cataloging Basics: Description and Cataloging Basics: Access.